It's Banned Books Week! But people are trying to keep great books out of libraries and schools every hour of every day, year round. And often, people's reasons for challenging these titles are really, really... outlandish. Here are 12 SF and fantasy books that people have given incomprehensible reasons for banning.
Doctors in Beijing successfully replaced a 12-year-old boy's damaged second vertebra with a 3D-printed custom implant made from titanium powder. The boy, who had bone cancer, is now in recovery.
The body is expert at re-growing bone, but it doesn't always manage to get the right shape. Now, a team from Rice University has developed a hydrogel that could let clinicians grow bone right where they need to.
This impressive photo shows a curious behavior sometimes seen in wild giraffes called osteophagia. It literally means "bone eating."
Human bones are amazing—seriously, they're incredibly cool—but up until recently, it's been hard to engineer a synthetic material that replicates the super-strong structure of the real thing. Now, scientists in Germany are using a 3D printer to do just that—and it could mean a breakthrough for how we build everything…
Looks like there's a new candidate for most awesome supermaterial in town. Dentists may soon start fighting bone loss by covering our teeth in itty bitty nanodiamonds, making repairing teeth quicker, cheaper, and much less painful.
Neanderthals weren't smoking cigarettes. They weren't breathing in pollution. They weren't eating processed foods. They weren't dealing with pesticides. Nope. But apparently, Neanderthals still got cancer. This 120,000-year-old bone fragment reveals a cancerous tumor. Neanderthals, they're just like us.
A man has had the first ever 3D-printed skull-replacement fitted, swapping out a whole 75 per cent of the bone in his head for a man-made replacement.
While there's no way these would fly by Vegas standards, this set of antique, buffalo bone dice would be an incredibly cool—if not mildly creepy—way to add some character to any newfound gambling connoisseur's bag of tricks.
The idea of AfterShokz headphones seemed sweet—the bone conduction sports headphones could pump music through your cheekbones instead of your ears. But the original headphones sounded pretty weak, and they came in fourth place in our Best Running Headphones Battlemodo. Now the second generation is here, with a claimed…
Archaeological analysis of human remains can illuminate incredible truths about our ancient ancestors, revealing hidden truths about their daily lives that we wouldn't necessarily be able to find in written records. Other times, it can just be a damn tattletale.
Left alone for years at the beginning of the 19th Century, French soldiers taken captive during the Napoleonic Wars found an unusually hobby — fashioning ornate replicas of British ships, out of beef and human bone.
When astronauts venture into space, their bones degrade because of the microgravity conditions they encounter. Currently, such bone wastage is usually diagnosed by scans—so NASA developed a new test which analyzes urine to spot bone loss in its early stages.
The somewhat unexpected success of Rupert Wyatt's Rise of the Planet of the Apes means we'll see more of Andy Serkis's ape revolutionary, Caesar. But will the super-intelligent chimp try to make peace with humanity, or continue his rebellion?
At Comic-Con, io9 had the opportunity to catch up with Jeff Smith, the creator of beloved fantasy epic Bone and the scifi noir comic RASL. Smith reflected on Bone's auspicious beginnings and gave us updates on the pending cinematic adaptations of both comics.
The Captain America writers explain why the sequel won't abandon World War II. Bruce Campbell will be in Evil Dead 4, but what about David Tennant's Doctor Who future? Spoilers from here on out!
There are European cave paintings that are 30000 years old, but the art of the ancient Americas remains a mystery. This bone fragment features an engraving of either a mammoth or a mastodon, and is at least 13000 years old.
Hollywood has gone into a science fiction feeding frenzy in the past week, with several new scifi movies getting greenlit. The success of Battle: Los Angeles, on top of Avatar, Star Trek and others, put dollar signs in everyone's eyes.
While a feature adaptation of Jeff Smith's wonderful, enduring graphic odyssey is in the works, it'll be an entirely computer-generated affair — and it won't have half the hand-hewn charm of this fan-created short.